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- the brown, edible fruit of a tropical American tree (Genipa americana) of the madder family
- the tree itself
Origin: Port genipapo < the WInd (Tupí) name
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noun In both senses also called genip, marmalade box.
- A tropical American evergreen tree (Genipa americana) having yellowish-white flowers and edible fruits used in preserves or drinks. The fruits yield dark blue dye that is used extensively as a body paint by Indians of tropical America.
- The reddish-brown fruit of this plant.
Origin: Portuguese genipapo, from Tupi jenipapo, from yandi-ipab, genipap fruit.